In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down a killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.*
Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser
Directed by: Billy O’Brien
Written by: Christopher Hyde, and Billy O’Brien
Sometimes the beauty of a horror movie isn’t blood, and guts, but more about giving the audience the unexpected. “I Am Not A Serial Killer” does exactly that time after time. The audience is introduced to John (Max Records), who is fighting off the urges to kill someone. Immediately the show “Dexter” comes to mind, and a possible vision of where this story can go. Pleasantly, this doesn’t become “Dexter” the movie!
Dexter is an interesting character, and so is John. He develops rules to help him fight the urge to kill, and studies famous serial killers. While he’s not a killer, he does get to work with dead bodies while assisting his mother in the town morgue. Business picks up when an apparent serial killer comes to town. Of course, this catches his attention, and he starts his own investigation.
Max does a great job playing John, but the star of the movie is Christopher Lloyd in his role as Crowley. Don’t expect to see Christopher play a role similar to “Doc Brown” or even the crazy scientist in “Piranha 3D.” Crowley seems like the typical old man next door who’s extremely nice to people, and head over heels in love with his wife. However, he has an secret that completely changes the complexion of the story. It’s here that Christopher shines with everything his character makes him portray.
As previously stated, this movie is all about the unexpected, so this review isn’t going into much more detail about what unfolds between John and Crowley. Just know that this story has a little something for everyone. It’s a horror story with blood and brutality. It’s a mystery with plenty of gamesmanship played by both characters. Most surprisingly there’s even a love story mixed in. All this ends in a wild and crazy final scene!
“I Am Not A Serial Killer” is based on a novel by Dan Wells. Having not read the novel, I’m not sure how it compares, but the movie is a must see. It’s has two great characters who are at completely different points in their lives. Max and Christopher nail their roles as John and Crowley. The story is a great mix of genres, and most of all brings the unexpected from beginning to end. I unexpectedly give it 4.5 pools of blood.
*“I Am Not A Serial Killer” was shown at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival
*Slight change in the description to not give away the story